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Global Engagement

English Language Program

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Spring Session
February 3 – April 17

The University of Rochester’s Office for Global Engagement is offering a non-credit bearing English Language Program (ELP) for newly admitted or matriculated graduate international students as well as for English speakers who have a connection to the University of Rochester (staff member or family of a staff member or student). Program modules will run for ten weeks and will cover topics ranging from general English to academic speaking and academic writing.

Location: 40 Celebration Drive | International Services Office Suite 1.100 | Room 105
Phone: (585) 273.1568

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Modules Located at Douglass Commons

Academic Writing (ELP401)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:50 – 6:05 p.m., Douglass Commons, Room 401
Cost: $300
This module is designed to help develop and refine academic English writing skills through classroom discourse.
Upon completion of the module, the student will be able to:

  • Write clear, coherent compositions and responses to texts, using a variety of academic grammar structures and vocabulary
  • Paraphrase ideas from sources to support ideas in writing
  • Use the writing process to produce well-organized content-based paragraphs and multi-paragraph compositions both in timed in-class assignments and outside of class
  • Avoid plagiarism and exhibit knowledge of university-specific academic honesty policies and guidelines
  • Paraphrase and write summary/responses to readings, appropriately acknowledging sources

Academic Speaking (ELP402)
Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:50 – 6:05 p.m., Douglas Commons, Room 401
Cost: $300
This module aims to help develop the language skills necessary for understanding others and communicating orally in American English in academic and professional contexts.
Upon completion of the module, the student will be able to:

  • Set oral communication goals for improving pronunciation, grammar, and fluency in American English
  • Recognize appropriate patterns of stress, rhythm, and intonation and use these patterns to increase intelligibility in English
  • Recognize rules of appropriate academic and professional interaction
  • Participate effectively in class as group members and presenters
  • Present organized spoken discourse on a given topic

General English (ELP403)
Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:15 – 7:30 p.m., Douglass Commons, Room 401
Cost: $300
This module encourages English language learners in the University community to develop English communication skills in both formal and informal settings.
Upon completion of the module, the students will be able to:

  • Understand main and supporting details in spoken and written forms
  • Communicate effectively in formal and informal situations
  • Use appropriate grammar in spoken and written forms
  • Exhibit a solid understanding of U.S. cultures in the workplace and daily life

Modules Located at the Language Center

Sundays 6-7p.m. or Wednesdays 6-7 p.m. or Fridays 1-2 p.m.
Cost: FREE

The English Language Program is collaborating with The Language Center to offering Learning and Speaking about U.S. Life and Culture. This low-key, ten-week module meets once a week and provides a context for informal conversations. Past versions of this module have explored topics related to life and culture in the U.S. There are limited spots available; while this module is free, it does require advance registration.

Drop/Add Policy

Students must register for modules before the Friday, January 31st deadline. If a student would like to drop an ELP module, they must email no later than Friday, February 7th.

Refund Policy

Once the spring session has begun on Monday, February 3rd, any student choosing to voluntarily withdraw (drop) from a course must do so by Friday, February 7th to receive a 90% refund.  After the February 7th deadline, no refund will be given.

English Language Program Intensive Study: a full-time study option is in development for 2020